So basically tonsil stones (or tonsilloliths) are calcified materials which have formed in the crevices of a person’s tonsil. Formation of the mass may occur in a person’s palatine tonsils or lingual tonsils; if you take into account the reported cases of tonsil stones found the in the mentioned areas, formation on the lingual tonsils are rarer. Tonsil stones are not life threatening nor are they all that comfortable; some have likened them to having foreign objects in the throat area. Tonsil stones have also caused bad breath due to the putrid smell that they give off.
Signs and Symptoms
As with any medical case out there, a case of tonsil stones will vary from one person to the next. Some cases of tonsil stone won’t show any obvious symptom, on the other hand they might just be associated with bad breath or any pain felt whenever the person swallows. Teenagers experience tonsil stones a lot more than adults or even your children.Tons of cases have been recorded where tonsil stones grew in size but were never noticed, they were only treated when they accidentally get caught on x-rays and CAT scans. Aside from the mentioned symptoms, a metallic taste, tightening or closing of the throat, choking and constant coughing fits can also be associated with tonsil stones.
The far larger tonsil stones or recurring cases can cause multiple symptoms on a single person. Additional symptoms may include difficulty or pain in swallowing, sore throat, ear ache, tonsil infections, tonsil swelling, a noticeable bad taste at the back of the person’s throat and white debris. Back in 2007, a medical research and study was conducted where they found a clear association between bad breath and tonsil stones, although they mostly occurred with patients who have recurrent tonsillitis.